Kyle Paul pitched seven innings of three-hit ball.
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Kyle Paul pitched seven innings of three-hit ball.
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Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 04/17/2012

TOWSON, Md. – Sophomore lefthander Kyle Paul pitched seven innings of three-hit ball as Towson University (19-18) handed Mount St. Mary’s (12-28) a 10-5 loss in a non-conference game at John B. Schuerholz Park on Tuesday afternoon.

In the longest outing of his career, Paul needed only 76 pitches to hold The Mount to one unearned run on three hits, all singles. He didn’t walk anyone and had a career high five strikeouts.

By contrast, Tiger hitters were the recipients of nine walks by Mount St. Mary’s pitchers.

The Tigers actually broke open a close game by scoring eight runs in the final three innings as they extended a 2-1 advantage to a 10-5 victory.

After the teams battled through three scoreless innings, the Tigers finally broke through and scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning against freshman righthander Chris Campbell. Freshman first baseman Peter Bowles led off the inning by drawing a walk. With one out, he advanced to second base when freshman designated hitter Richie Blosser singled to left field. After Campbell was called for a balk, both runners moved up a base. Sophomore centerfielder Brandon Gonnella gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead when he hit a sacrifice fly to rightfield. Moments later, sophomore third baseman Mike Draper lined an RBI single to centerfield, upping the lead to 2-0.

Paul baffled the Mountaineers through the first five innings. Through five innings, he shut out The Mount on one hit. He allowed only a first inning single to junior catcher Mark Quaranta of The Mount. He didn’t walk anyone and had five strikeouts as The Mount had only three base runners.

Leading off the sixth inning, sophomore centerfielder Brandon Scott singled to left field for The Mount’s second hit. After senior second baseman Michael Foster bunted him over to second base, sophomore shortstop Nick Walker reached base on an error by Tiger shortstop Ryne Willard while Scott reached third base. A sacrifice fly by Quaranta enabled Scott to score, cutting The Mount’s deficit to 2-1. However, Paul pitched out of the jam when he picked Walker off first base.

On the first pitch of the bottom of the sixth inning, Bowles blasted the first home run of his career over the left field fence, giving Towson a 3-1 advantage. Junior catcher Andrew Parker reached base when he was hit by a pitch. After Gonnella drew a one-out walk, Draper hit into a force play. With two outs and runners at the corners, Draper and Parker pulled off a double steal, giving Towson a 4-1 lead. Sophomore second baseman Pat Fitzgerald made a bid to increase the lead with a single to left. However, junior leftfielder Sam Nott threw out Draper trying to score.

In the bottom of the seventh, Campbell was relieved by freshman righthander Chris Del Vecchio. Willard led off with a single. Sophomore rightfielder Dominic Fratantuono drew a walk. DelVecchio picked Willard off second base for the first out. However, he proceeded to load the bases by walking sophomore leftfielder Kurt Wertz and Bowles.

With the bases loaded and one out, senior lefthander Dan Horner was summoned from the bullpen to pitch to Parker. On his second pitch, Parker broke the game open when he launched a monstrous home run down the left field line. His fourth homer of the season, a grand slam, gave the Tigers an 8-1 lead.

In the eighth inning, senior righthander Tyler Austin relieved Paul and gave up a leadoff single to Nott. With one out, Scott also singled. A walk to Foster loaded the bases with one out. After Austin struck out Walker, he issued a bases-loaded walk to Quaranta, forcing in a run. However, Austin escaped the inning without any more damage when Wertz made a nice running catch on senior Josh Winter’s bid for an extra base hit.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Tigers extended their lead to 10-2 on RBI singles by Bowles and back-up catcher Zach Fisher.

Junior righthander Sean Bertrand pitched the ninth inning for the Tigers. With two on and two outs, Scott belted a three-run homer to left, cutting the lead to 10-5. However, Bertrand retired Foster on a ground ball to end the game.

The Tigers, who outhit The Mount by a 14-6 margin, were led by Bowles, who had two hits, scored three runs and added two RBI’s. Willard and Blosser also added two hits while Parker had one hit, scored two runs and drove in four.

Paul was the winning pitcher as he upped his record to 2-1.

Scott led The Mount with three hits, three RBI’s and two runs scored.

The Tigers, who are now 11-3 at Schuerholz Park, return to action on Wednesday when they host Maryland at 3:00 p.m.



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